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Working on this site design, example dead-end

posted: May 23, 2003 8:45:59 PM

I have been working on the architecture, content, and design of this site. I created a whole "popup menu" design for the second level of navigation, but have decided to throw it out.

Having put a lot of work into it however, and it being pretty neat, I created a stand alone page that shows the popup nav.

This sample page has some hints of what the updates to this site will look like, but a lot of things have been worked out that aren't in this example--so it is a little funky. But, roll your mouse over the main menu items: about, develop, uses.

This popup was done with CSS and a little Javascript. A few years ago, I had written a quite sophisticated popup menu script that was used on some major websites--it was written to accommodate Netscape and IE 4. So, now I am using IE 5.5, NN 6.1, Mozilla 1.2, and Opera 6 as my baseline, and it is soooo much easier to manage things with CSS. I think the popup menu in this example is about 500% less code.

I had to put the CSS internal to this example page, because I totally refactored this site's CSS file yesterday. The new version isn't up yet, but once it is, it would totally break this example page.

I am having pretty good luck so far with XHTML and CSS on this site. Though, on this blog page, if you are on IE, you might not be seeing the gray background on the blog entry titles--unless you scroll the page!?!?! So, I need to work that one out. I am still using some of the blojsom stylesheet, and I think there must be some conflict of interest between it and the main style sheet for the site.

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Comment by: wouter ·
posted: May 25, 2003 4:43:55 PM

Sorry, but what I see in my browser - Safari (1.0 beta 2 v 74) running on Mac OS X - is not very usable: the calendar stays put on top of the blog text, and the title is on top of (or below?) part of the menu. Camino 0.7 renders a readable view, with the calendar in a separate column on the right (like you want it, I suppose), but does not show the menu items, just a dotted line... Guess you have a bit more tuning to do - good luck!

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